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Halle, Brad’s teacher: ‘Take risks’

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Ivana Chubbuck: “A great actor is someone who’s not afraid to look stupid.”
photo courtesy of star magic workshop

Renowned acting coach Ivana Chubbuck couldn’t stress enough the importance of having a strong work ethic if one aspires of becoming a great actor.

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Making good use of ‘celebrity power’

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JOLIE AND TAYLOR. Engaged and inspired use of their global popularity to do good in a wide range of concerns.

When performers become stars, their popularity brings them a lot of perks and benefits, which they and their families gratefully acknowledge and make full use of. However, there’s an important product and consequence of stardom that is often misused or taken for granted, and the lack of appreciation of its potential to do good is such a waste:

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Hollywood descends on London for Baftas

BRAD Pitt and Angelina Jolie. AFP

Hollywood stars including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt rubbed shoulders with British royalty on Sunday at the Bafta awards, the highlight of the British film calendar and a key indicator for the upcoming Oscars.

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Stars call attention to themselves in creative ways

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SANDRA Bullock in a scene from “Gravity,” for which she got an Oscar nomination. AP

An old saw in show business goes this way: “You’re only as good as your last performance.” Another time-tested truism: “Stars don’t care what you say about them, as long as you spell their names right.” A third old chestnut wraps things up with: “Nobody ever went hungry underestimating the intelligence of the average show biz fan.”

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Golden but not olden

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BISSET. “Sexy sexagenarian” refuses to be counted down and out. AFP

Most stars opt for partial or complete retirement when they hit 50, but an increasing number of now or near-“golden” luminaries, like Brad Pitt and Sandra Bullock, have many dour and dire prognosticators and professional naysayers resetting their clocks—and calendars.

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‘World War Z’ takes ‘Pavlovian’ approach to storytelling

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PITT. Tasked to find the source of global contagion.

We don’t usually enjoy watching movies about zombies, but Brad Pitt’s latest starrer, “World War Z,” was an instructive viewing experience because it showed what more can be done with the genre, aside from terrifying viewers with endless shots of hideous-looking ogres and the ghastly, gap-toothed undead.

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Brad Pitt wages war against the undead

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PITT (WITH MORSE, RIGHT). Portrays reluctant hero in “World War Z.”

The zombies are out of control—and, in director Marc Forster’s “World War Z,” even Brad Pitt is at his wit’s end as he hopscotches around the globe to find a cure for the deadly pandemic that comes between him and his brave but vulnerable wife (Mireille Enos) and young kids.

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‘World War Z’ draws massive crowd in NYC

Actor Brad Pitt attends the premiere of "World War Z" in Times Square on Monday, June 17, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Thousands of fans brought Times Square to a standstill as they waited to catch a glimpse of Brad Pitt at his premiere for “World War Z.”

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Jolie joins Pitt at ‘World War Z’ London premiere

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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrive for the World Premiere of World War Z at a central London cinema, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie stepped out together Sunday at the premiere of zombie thriller “World War Z” — Jolie’s first public appearance since announcing last month that she had undergone a double mastectomy.

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Stars’ ‘shameful’ secrets revealed

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THURMAN. Was named after a Hindu goddess. AP

Coral Amende’s “Hollywood Confidential” blows the lid off the allegedly glamorous world of Hollywood, and bares the movie capital’s seedier side. The book’s blurb says it all: It promises to reveal “what shameful secrets lurk behind celebrities’ bedroom doors—which stars have been dragged out of the closet—what really goes on in the public careers and private lives of the film world’s rich and famous!”

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‘Brangelina’ may be heading to Australia—report

BRAD Pitt and Angelina Jolie. AFP

Hollywood superstars Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie may be heading to Australia if the government is successful in bringing “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo” Down Under, it emerged Friday.

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Nearing 50, a heightened perspective for Pitt

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Brad Pitt’s. photo by ruben nepales

The face is hardly wrinkled and the long blond locks appear unchanged, but Brad Pitt, who will turn 49 in December, is increasingly preoccupied with the passage of time and the thought that his rarefied place in movies is fleeting.

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